Eating is not only meeting energy and nutrient requirements; it also implies an emotional dimension, which could be harmful, if overeating compensates negative emotions as insecurity, anger, stress, boredom, etc. and becomes a habit for children.
Obesity in childhood or adolescence could be associated with eating disorders, so it is crucial an early detection of risk behaviors related to dietary habits. Being unhappy with own body and dieting could put the children at risk.
We refer to eating mindlessly when children are not paying attention to their hunger, how much they are eating, or why they’re eating. It usually occurs with foods that are less healthy, particularly those high in sugar, fat or salt.
It is important that families promote a proper relation with food since birth. Here are some tips that could be useful to avoid eating mindlessly